This post goes out to my fellow parents!
As a mom of 3 littles, I can tell you that routine (in general) has always been incredibly helpful for maintaining good mental, emotional, and physical health for our family. However, it has admittedly been a struggle to create and stick to a routine this past year with 95% of what we are used to being shut down due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Living in Southern California, our kids have not been able to attend school or pretty much do any of their normal extra-curricular activities (let alone playdates.) And both of us parents have had to learn to work from home. All of which has lead to a real shift in the way we live our lives, and it’s been challenging to create a routine and system when so much of work / home / school/ and more are blurred.
That said, we have found one routine that we’ve been able to keep relatively intact– thank goodness! And that has been our children’s bedtime. Most nights we try to do a calming bath or shower, followed by teeth-brushing, getting in cozy jammies, dimming the lights and putting on the kids’ nightlight diffusers / sound machines, and finally snuggling up for a book or two before cuddling into bed. We have found that coming at the kids from all angles, with the behaviors we repeatedly do, and also the CUES that we give, with the lights dimming, and the familiar scent of bedtime (aka the “SleepyIze” or “Calm” blend, or just plain Lavender) wafting into the room, really helps set the tone for both their bodies and minds to signal “wind down time”… and genuinely helps them to peacefully fall asleep. Yes, we typically will take turns laying with them in their beds (for about 10-15 min, until they fall asleep) and this has honestly been the only backfire of the whole thing… not because the kids have a problem with it, but we have found the routine to be so relaxing that often times we ourselves fall asleep! Which means we get a nap around 7/8pm every night and that can be a real challenge to fall back asleep later- ha! But I digress.
Anyway, I wanted to write this post because I was so excited when Young Living recently came out with a Little Oilers Starter Kit that featured the very diffuser we know and love in our own kids’ bedrooms. This adorable little owl serves not only as a diffuser (that is simple and easy enough for my kids to use on their own!) but also triples as a night light and sound machine as well (all of which we use!) In addition to using it every night and diffusing our favorite bedtime blends, we also use it during the day diffusing Geneyus when they are doing Zoom School, and SniffleEase on days when their allergies act up. Lastly, this starter kit includes one of my favorite blends called TummyGize as well – which we do not diffuse, but actually apply directly to our kids bellies whenever they are having tummy troubles, and it’s amazing how effective / helpful it has been! I can’t say enough good things about this little diffuser and all of these blends, and I think it’s a fabulous way to get started learning about Essential Oils for any family with young kids!
The Little Oilers Starter Kit Set comes with…
YL’s cutest diffuser yet, Feather the Owl, and everything you need to surround little ones with the rejuvenating yet comforting aromas of pure essential oils! With two AromaGlide Roller Fitments, kids of any age can inhale the appealing aromas of KidScents® oils directly from the bottle or snap on a fitment for quick, mess-free application.
- Feather the Owl Diffuser
- Kidscents® Geneyus™ 5 ml
- Kidscents® Owie™ 5 ml
- Kidscents® TummyGize™ 5 ml
- Kidscents® SniffleEase™ 5 ml
- Kidscents® SleepyIze™ 5 ml
- Two AromaGlide Roller Fitments
Stephanie Lemelin is an actress and mom of 3 living in Los Angeles, CA. She’s been using oils at work and at home for over 10 years and is excited to share that love here with you all.
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